Posts Tagged Sea Smoke

2012 Sea Smoke Chardonnay ‘Streamside,’ Santa Rita Hills

The color is a deep straw shade. Despite the obvious weight of the wine, the aromas are delicate at first, evoking comparisons to Grand Cru Burgundy. Wisps of smoke and butter give way to perfumed flowers, white nectarine, and lemon curd. Most... Read more

2012 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir, “Southing,” Santa Rita Hills

Nearly opaque crimson color, turning to coral at the rim. In the nose, vibrant aromas of perfumed dark flowers, black raspberry, cherry, cola, orange rind, and notes of black pepper and baking spices begin the seduction of the senses. This continues... Read more

2012 Sea Smoke “Sea Spray” Sparkling Wine, Santa Rita Hills

This sparkler is a very pale salmon color with a persistent, medium bead mousse. The winery has chosen the proprietary name Sea Spray for this bottling, and it is easy to see (or, more to the point, smell) why. The first wave of aromas conjures up... Read more

In Conversation with Victor Gallegos of Sea Smoke Cellars

By Glen Frederiksen One of the most anticipated highlights of our annual summer escape to the cool climes of California’s Central Coast is visiting with Victor Gallegos, General Manager of Sea Smoke Cellars in Santa Rita Hills. We met up at... Read more

2011 Sea Smoke ‘Sea Spray’ Blanc de Noirs, Santa Rita Hills

This is the second vintage of methode champenoise sparkling wine produced by the celebrated Sea Smoke winery. It has a striking appearance – pale straw color with a light bronze glow. The mousse is fine and persistent. The forward nose is floral... Read more

2011 Sea Smoke Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills

The 2011 was a cool harvest throughout much of California’s appellations, and the Santa Rita Hills was no exception. Crop size was down as much as 40%. However, the grapes brought in were exceptional in quality. Clear straw in color, this charming... Read more

View from the Top

By Glen Frederiksen A light haze settled on the late morning horizon, dappling the sky the color of a robin’s egg. A light onshore breeze left a touch of crispness in the air. Looking out across the valley of vines to the southern rim of the... Read more

2010 Sea Smoke ‘Ten’ Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills

This blend of 10 clones of Pinot Noir grapes is translucent neon ruby in hue, lightening at the rim. Structured to be an ageworthy wine, the nose of this 2010 vintage is initially dark and closed. With ample coaxing of time and aeration, dark berry... Read more

2010 Sea Smoke ‘Southing’ Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills

Translucent bright ruby color. Refreshing aromas of strawberry jam, perfumed flowers, spiced cranberry, light cola and a hint of mushroom earthiness. Initially light as it enters the palate, the wine gathers weight and shows a tad of heat, which... Read more

2010 Sea Smoke Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills

Dark straw color. The nose offers up a cornucopia of seductive scents — honey, toast, butter, spiced peach, white flowers and a hint of hazelnut. The wine delivers in the mouth, where the flavors of ripe stone fruit, honey and butter blend... Read more